Liverpool showed their tenacity against Manchester City on Boxing Day, with some exhilarating counter-attacking football. Despite losing 2-1 to City, they will be buoyed by their performance against The Citizens and head to Stamford Bridge confident of getting three points.
The home side sit two points off Premier League leaders Arsenal, who they drew with earlier in the month, and they recently beat Swansea 1-0. Yet Mourinho’s Chelsea are yet to hit top gear this season. A lack of strike options has plagued recent performances, something Mourinho will be looking to resolve come the January transfer window. There is a definite sense at Stamford Bridge that there is more to come in the New Year.
Brendan Rodgers has guided Liverpool to 11 wins this year and has instilled an attacking brand of football at the club that has bagged them 43 goals so far. His side are only three points off the pace this year and even without the likes of Steven Gerrard are managing to produce strong performances. Luis Suarez has been key so far this season and will be looking to get on the score sheet after failing to score against Man City.
FFC Predicts: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool have been playing the better football this year and Suarez’s form has been formidable. Chelsea lack a player like Suarez so have to rely on their midfield options to bag the goals. Liverpool’s form suggests they can take this one.
Chelsea v Liverpool Pre-Match Stats
Chelsea have lost three and won just one of their last five Barclays Premier League home meetings with the Reds (D1).
Luis Suarez scored a second-half equaliser in both Barclays Premier League meetings with Chelsea last season.
Chelsea have won only two of their last 13 Premier League encounters with Liverpool (W2 D4 L7)
Five of Chelsea’s last seven Premier League wins against Liverpool have come under Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool have scored 29 goals in their last 14 trips to London in the Premier League (2.07 per game)
Liverpool have conceded a total of only three goals in their last nine end-of-year games.
The Reds have scored more goals in 2013 than any other Premier League side (83).
No player has created more goalscoring chances in the Premier League in 2013-14 than Eden Hazard (46, level with Samir Nasri).
Luis Suarez (29 goals in 27 appearances in 2013) needs one more goal to become only the 7th player to reach the 30-goal mark in a calendar year in the Premier League era.
Chelsea have never lost a Premier League home game under Jose Mourinho, but when the original unbeaten run continued after he left Chelsea in 2007, Liverpool were the team who ended it (October 2008).